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The Twilight Zone: Night Call (1964)
"Night Call" Supremely Engrossing T Z episode!
I have seen almost ALL of the original TZ episodes, and this one "Night Call" is always the one I recommend.
Beautifully photographed: Embittered and lonely Elva Keane endures unending telephone night calls from her telephone; The phone becomes an instrument of terror-when Elva is trying to get some sleep you can actually SEE the shadow's of the branches on her face from the trees outside-a beautiful touch! Miss Finch: (The telephonist) "About those call's you say you've been receiving Miss Keane.." Elva: "SAY I've been?"... NO spoilers for those yet to see-the pace and suspense never let up until it's heartbreaking conclusion.
Creepy macabre chiller from 1963.
Oliver Reed in an early suspensor from 1963 superbly shot in black and white has all the ingredients to keep you riveted for a good hour and a half; Deception/Fraud/Greed/Lust/Murder/Incest/Alcoholism and the Macabre... There are enough reviews already so no spoilers here, though credit to Sheila Burrell as 'Aunt Harriet' for a penetrating and solid performance in a supporting role, I thought she could have done more film, cast perhaps as the archetypal sinister housekeeper. First class cinematography from Arthur Grant. The Macabre chapel sequence has boy soprano chorister singing: 'Hear My Prayer' it stuck in my memory for a long time after I first watched this film.
The Night Caller (1965)
British Sci-Fi Opening Score different to USA release!
There are already quite a few good comments on this unusual film already. However a major difference is the utterly splendid opening instrumental score over the opening credits!The USA release has lounge type of male vocalist singing the films title!- it is dire indeed.Not so the British release, It is very memorable, and have only recently tracked it down though spent decades trying!A superb piece by Alan Haven called "Image" It seems to encompass everything; it is a mixture of spooky organ music set to a mod (ish) and moderate jazzy tone.Quite unnerving it seems to warn the viewers what lies ahead. The opening scenes have a tracking shot showing London by night, and perfectly fits the mid-sixties feel and period of the time. Medra was scary!!
Hilarious with the Superb Sheila Keith!
Here is Sheila Keith in one of her best cameo appearances, superb comic timing as ever and delivers her lines very convincingly, if only casting agents had used her more often! A very gifted actress-Sheila had an almost unique ability to get inside the minds of viewers, so good was she at the craft of acting. Unfortunately Ms. Keith was always remembered for her part as Dorothy Yates in Pete Walker's "Frightmare" from 1974. Although a terrifying film, and superbly acted by Sheila, so many of her other roles were overlooked. Sheila had as well as serious drama, a gift for comedy par-excellence! There are other feature films that showcase the ability of Sheila Keith: "House Of Mortal Sin" "House Of Whipcord and "The House Of Long Shadows" they are all well worth having a look.
Happy Ever After (1974)
Does anyone remember Damaris Hayman in this great show?
The superb and gifted Damaris Hayman was in at least two of these episodes. One particular show had her as a fifties 'teddy girl' complete with huge swirling skirt and pony tail! It was fabulously funny! If only the Beeb would release these great shows.. Damaris a great character actress who had a affinity for upper middle class parts like prim neighbours/lady magistrate type parts, but her comical delivery was priceless. She was in countless cameo roles in 60's/70's UK comedy television shows. One very memorable TV part was as Miss Hawthorne in 'Doctor Who' (1971) during Jon Pertwee's era, "The Daemons". I would be happy to hear from fans who think likewise.
The Killing of Sister George (1968)
Very amusing with vitriolic dialogue!
A supremely entertaining film I thought, WAY ahead of it's time for the content and theme. The 'showdown' scene between 'Sister George' (Reid) and 'Mercy Croft'(Browne) was excruciatingly funny! a two way band of vitriolic hatred-the dialogue was bitchy and vitriolic in the extreme, overall an excellent movie that contains pathos/paranoia/jealousy/mind-games/spite and vast amounts of HUMOUR!! The fashions and locations are very 'period' of the time-Late sixties. A very good script that never let's you down-you almost can't wait for the next injurious insult/put-down to be heard-I truly believe the way those sentences were constructed were very over the top, but somehow very real and true to life - even now.
eerie and still unsettling..
I was 13 around 1971 when I first saw this masterpiece on TV, it unsettled me then and did again on the DVD I bought! The face and close-up of the petrified little girl really is a superb piece of film. A very 'cimematic' film one might say, the eerie desert scenes and unseen malevolent force, you can almost smell. Still very unsettling especially in the early part of the film.The sinister sound effects are superb and special effects are excellent for what is, in effect, a post-war 'Sci-Fi' film. I remember well feeling scared in 'advance' at seeing the distress of the spooked child,wondering with apprehension as to what 'THEM' were. Also of note were the tunnel scenes as the approaching menace were nearly upon the Army of fighters, exciting but scarily so! Thoroughly recommended viewing!
Genuinely disturbing bone-chiller!
It was with a friend when I first saw 'Frightmare' in the mid-70s in the cinema of my local town, I never forgot the disturbing impact it had for it's time, one of the very few films with a terrible downbeat ending!. Released now on DVD the print I must say is fantastic! it is very clean bright and crisp, despite being an overall 'in the shadows' movie. Ms Sheila Keiths performance as the deranged Dorothy Yates is the only real reason I bought the DVD. In an unforgettable role as the manipulative demonic Mother, Ms Keith delivers terror in every line of her role as Mrs. Yates/Mother.It proves to a point that what is implied and inferred is far more bone chilling than actions, as viewers will see if they choose to watch 'Frightmare', with several sinister tarot card readings. I had the good fortune to meet Sheila Keith many years later, after a theatre production, and what a pleasant and gracious lady she was!- light years away from the character she played, one who lived and breathed in the community of the dead...Recommended viewing for the stout hearted!.
Die Die My Darling! IS fun! while meant to be (deadly) serious. Gloriously overacted by Tallulah and quite a hoot most of the time, although upon first viewing, one could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. The boringly overlong prologue, and wooden acting from Ms. Powers, are the only drawbacks I think to the production, although this is very quickly made up for (or UNMADE up for) once, Tallulah Bankhead gets into top-gear!. The close-ups where 'Mrs. Trefoile' assaults her captor are quite frightening and it is well worth having a look; a GOOD film.
Cash on Demand (1961)
Suspense never came better than this!
This film is unbelievably riveting from start to finish. I first saw this film in the late sixties and never forgot this compelling tale of sheer suspense.It is rare indeed for a film with just two principal characters to sustain a film with sheer psychological terror. I'd say don't miss! (albeit, sadly, a little seen movie).